Anyone have a suggestion to keep Turkey's away from my patch? I have tried light brush, they just jump on it and end up breaking the stems! They just recently moved into the area, and they must love the seeds!
just shoot them problem solved. All jokes aside fish and wildlife usually will let you kill any animal any time of the year if it is destryoing your crop. I don't know if they consider ginseng a crop or not but it would be something to check into. Maybe you could make a scarecrow like people put in a garden to scare all of the crows away. It should work for a little while at least. Or you could start baiting them into another area with corn but you would have to check your state regulations and that would also run into some money. Anway good luck with getting rid of them, maybe one of my ideas will work.
Here you can shoot any animal that is harming your crop, within reason, seed loss don't sound like one of them.
So find out where they roost and scatter a little crushed wet corn, wait for them to fly down, always just after sun rise, and with a 1000fps pellet gun plug'em in the head. Some things have to be done quiet. The young ones are real tender.
Digger, last year I had a flock go thru a patch and they scratched it up pretty bad except for an area under a blow down. Those plants were fine. Maybe spreading some branches around the outside of patch may help. Turkeys do not like thicker areas, they use there eyesight to help against preditors.
Thanks to everyone who gave advice on the tukey problem! I do eat turkeys but there are more than 30 in this group so obviously I am not going to kill them all. An old farmer gave me another suggestion that also works - tie 30 pound test fishing line about a foot off the ground back and forth between some trees. It backs them off like you would not beleive! I have seen them run into it and they change direction! Also- jest a couple of weeks away from sang huntin' time, woohoo!!!
I like the fishing line trick, very clever. As to crop damage and protection, every state will vary I am sure but, here in PA, you must be making a certain percentage of your main income from the crop to qualify as crop damage , giving you the right to shoot the animal. Best to know the rules in your home state. Then shoot the buggers off the roost! Just kidding... sort of.